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* Sri Lanka President addresses Tamil People in Jaffna
Thu, Apr 1, 2010, 11:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 01, Jaffna: [Update] The terrorism which spread hatred, intimidation, and revenge has now ended and all people have secured democratic rights, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa told to thousands of people of Jaffna today.

Addressing a massive United People's Freedom Alliance rally this afternoon at the Alfred Duraiappa Stadium in the Tamil heartland of Jaffna, the President invited all citizens to join the endeavor to build a prosperous and glowing country free of hatred, intimidation and revenge.

Pointing out that certain groups still continue to carryout the terrorist LTTE agenda, the President assured the masses that he would not let the people to once again endure the hardships inflicted upon them by three decades of terrorism.

This is President Rajapaksa's first visit to the war-scarred region after his re-election to a second term in January this year.

Earlier, the President symbolically handed over 680 permanent houses constructed by the Sri Lanka Army to the families in Jaffna who lost their homes due to the war.

During the visit the President also paid homage to the Nagadeepa Viharaya and attended a religious ceremony at the Nallur Kovil in the morning.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)


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